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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a mover during the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you’re trying to set up a consultation or an appointment with a mover during the COVID-19 pandemic, make sure to use digital tools to avoid exposure. When searching for movers online, ask if they’d be willing to do a video chat to assess the size of your move. This will be in place of the typical “walk-through” they perform, and they may be able to give you a price quote. You can also discuss safe strategies for completing the job during your call or video chat.

How can I find out if a mover is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Your local city or state’s government website is a great resource if you’re trying to figure out whether a mover is considered an essential service provider during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a source of national guidelines, visit the CISA website’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. On this page, you’ll find 16 categories of critical infrastructure sectors. But note that some -- not all --  jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a mover when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a mover, consider making adjustments to accommodate current guidelines. This may involve staying outside while the mover works inside your home or letting the mover handle only parts of the move.

It’s important to follow social distancing guidelines while performing any service work. For example, do not make physical contact with the movers, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you at all times, and use digital payments instead of cash or a check.

Does a mover need to enter my home?

A mover will likely need to enter your home -- unless you’ve placed all of your belongings outside beforehand. To stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, you might to consider keeping all (or most) of the work outside and/or having at-risk individuals leave the house while the movers work. 

You can minimize exposure by doing a preliminary walk-through by video call instead of in person. Discuss your options with the top movers near you before hiring one.

Do movers offer remote or virtual services?

Movers generally need to be present to do their job. But if you come across a mover’s profile that states they’re offering remote services, you can contact them to see what those services include. 

Can I use digital payments to pay for moving services?

Most local moving companies are likely to accept some form of digital payment. Particularly with the COVID-19 pandemic, more companies are likely to conduct transactions through platforms like PayPal, Zelle, Square Cash, Venmo, Google Pay and more. 

To ensure the mover accepts a platform you can use, you can peruse the mover’s online profile and see what is listed there. You can also ask the mover about payment policies during a consultation call.

What is considered a local move vs. a long-distance move?

Local moves are among the most common moves. Unlike a long-distance move, a local move is typically less than 50 miles and does not cross state lines. Generally, a local move only takes one day, and movers tend to charge by the hour. 

The definition of a long-distance move may vary depending on the moving company. Generally, a long-distance considered to be any move of 400 miles or more. However, some say a long-distance move is over 50-100 miles. 

Local Move

A move under 50 miles

Long-Distance Move

A move over 50-100 miles or over 400 miles; may also be called an “interstate move” or “out-of-state move”

Out-of-State Move

A move that crosses state lines; may also be called an “interstate move” or “long-distance move”

Interstate Move

A move that crosses state lines; may also be called an “out-of-state move” or “long-distance move”

Intrastate Move

A move that begins and ends in the same state, typically beyond 50 miles

Interstate moves require additional legal preparation and will incur additional costs for distance, the amount and weight of your items, the preparation required and various other factors. Moving companies tend to do an initial weighing of the truck, which you should be present for.

A move that crosses state lines is considered an interstate move or an out-of-state move. Contrast this with an intrastate move, which begins and ends in the same state, but is typically above 50 miles. 

To determine whether your move is local or long-distance, contact the best movers in your area.



How much does it cost for long-distance movers?

Long-distance movers transport your belongings across the country for you. No more renting a trailer and road-tripping from state to state with your entire house hitched to your bumper. Long-distance movers make the move happen so you can fly to your new home, suitcase in hand, and wait for your furniture to arrive. Nationally, the average price range for long-distance movers is $1,490-$2,230. The distance you are moving and the number of cubic feet the movers have to transport will both affect cost. Another factor in long-distance moving costs is whether you choose to pay for an exclusive move or a consolidated move.

In an exclusive move, which is more expensive, your belongings are the only cargo on the moving truck. The movers travel directly to your new house and deliver your belongings on a scheduled day. A consolidated move is more affordable because the movers transport your belongings along with those of other people, saving them time and gas — which means you save money. The downside is that your belongings typically arrive with a two-week delivery window rather than on a prescheduled day. Read reviews to make sure you can trust the company with your possessions to ensure a peaceful moving process.

How much do you tip movers?

It’s recommended that you tip your movers individually around $4 to $5 per hour. For example, if a team of four movers spends a half-day (four hours) on your move, tip each mover $20. Or, some people tip 5% to 10% of their total bill for small moves and 15% to 20% for larger moves.

If you’re moving across state lines, you may hire different crews to load and unload your goods. In that case, divide the tips between both crews. It’s also a good rule of thumb to add a bit extra for tipping movers if you have special circumstances that have made the move harder, like a spiral staircase or an exceptionally heavy sofa. 

Can you move furniture by yourself?

You might be able to move smaller items like nightstands, small desks, chairs and small tables by yourself. However, it’s best to get a professional mover near you to move larger items such as couches, dressers, armoires and televisions. 

If you do decide to move furniture by yourself, carefully lift and lower items and take your time.

Reviews for Lakeland movers
Marsena C.
I would definitely recommend Move it Movers LLC for anyone who is in need of a moving service. Brandon was always quick to respond to messages and made it very easy to set up the service. The two movers that assisted me in our move were prompt, very courteous, and professional. The whole entire moving process went extremely well and it was only because of the dedication and hard work from the movers. Great Job and thanks again for making my move stress free.
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Karen l.
I had a great moving experience with elite power moves. They arrived pretty on time and our 2 movers were very polite, quick, and professional. Great move and even greater value. Will be recommending to friends and family & i would definitely hire again if needed. Thanks Andre (I believe that was the gentleman’s name) and Jacob for coming out and helping us with our move.
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Timothy E.
Excellent moving service. They went above and beyond to make things smooth. Even moved a heavy piano for me with no damage at all!
Ryan S.
These guys were great! They respond quickly to your messages and answer any of your questions to make sure you are truly comfortable before the move. Very upfront with pricing and fees so nothing catches you off guard. During the move they took great care in moving our furniture and electronics without any issues. Above and beyond with help during the move and accommodating. Hopefully I won’t be moving again for awhile but if I do I would definitely use these guys again.
2 Friends and a Truck2 Friends and a Truck
Olivia M.
These guys are amazing! We moved us an hour away from a third floor to a second floor apartment. They moved our stuff so quickly and took great care of everything. I highly recommend them and will definitely have them help move me in the future!
Bay Area Moving and StorageBay Area Moving and Storage
Thumbtack Customer
moving from 2 bdrm apt to 3bdrm house
EkoMovers of FloridaEkoMovers of Florida
Sonia C.
Rob came to our rescue on a last minute move. Bay Area Moving was very responsive, punctual and professional. Everything went very smoothly. I’d definitely hire them again!
Bay Area Moving and StorageBay Area Moving and Storage
Jesse S.
Hands down couldn’t have asked for a better moving experience. Rob came out the next day to check the property and provide a quote… which was nearly half the price of what others quoted for the same move. He and his crew worked effectively and efficiently and made our out of state move stress free. I highly recommend this company!
Bay Area Moving and StorageBay Area Moving and Storage
Cindy K.
BKB Movers did an excellent job. They moved furniture, over 100 plus full boxes, along with misc jobs that needed to be done. They went above and beyond. Polite and professional, we will definitely use them again!
BKB MoversBKB Movers
Emily R.
What a wonderful company! Would recommend them to anyone who needs to move. Sergio and both Alex's were absolutely amazing and wicked quick! Couldn't have asked for our move to go more smooth. Thanks again!
Get Done Moving serviceGet Done Moving service
Melanie V.
BKB Movers is one word, Awesome! They are so professional, efficient, respectful, great value, etc the people you'd want to complete your move. I can't say enough good things about this company. I will use BKB in the future & will tell everyone to give them a call. With quick response I was able to book on short notice. Made clearing the house stress free. Thank you BKB Movers!
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Jackie S.
For all your moving needs, Mike & Sons is the best. Affordable price and very professional .
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Jason M.
These guys were great! We had a 22’ truck and we were the third move for them that day. They unloaded the whole truck in about an hour! Very professional and highly recommended! Will use again for future moving needs! Price was by far better than others.
Let's Move LLCLet's Move LLC
Shae P.
Amazing! I’ll use them for everything I need to move. Great job! On time and professional.
Steven E.
They contacted me back on a Sunday night and came the next day to move a few recliners for us!
Get Done Moving serviceGet Done Moving service
Mary S.
Great experience with Dynamic moving solutions. I needed some heavy furniture brought downstairs. Men were prompt,professional and friendly. Got the job done in one hour with zero damage to furniture or walls. Would highly recommend Dynamic Moving Solutions. Thank you!!
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Praveen P.
Very fast and friendly service. I will definitely hire them again for my next moving needs.
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Ruthie Q.
Super happy with the service we received! We needed an EXTREMELY heavy outdoor kitchen moved - the first company we called showed up and then backed out on us! The two movers from this company worked so hard and we appreciate fitting us in at the last minute the same day!
Yelle Moving & Junk RemovalYelle Moving & Junk Removal
Phyllis B.
Charles gave me an estimate based on photos I sent to him. He arrived early and the team was professional and took great care with my furnishings. I have had some bad moving experiences in the past. I can say this was the BEST move ever! I highly recommend them!
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Sean F.
Hard working guys. Got our one bedroom all loaded and moved with no issue. I appreciate the professionalism.
Atlantis Delivery Services LLCAtlantis Delivery Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Billiard Technology did a great job moving my pool table. They were on time and very professional and a great price.
BilliardTechnology of OrlandoBilliardTechnology of Orlando
Thumbtack Customer
The Guys were great, professional and respectful of my household items being moved. They made a crazy day easier. Thank you.
EkoMovers of FloridaEkoMovers of Florida
Angelyns R.
I was pleased with their service. They made my moving smooth. I will definitely recommend them to my family and friends. Thank you
Here N ThereHere N There
Allison C.
We had 3 guys from the company come and get the job done. This was our first time ever using a moving company and it was a great experience. The guys were extremely professional and handled all of our belongings with care. They arrived right on time and were done slightly before the quoted time. As they were moving one of our bookshelves we noticed how poor of shape it was in and asked if they could take it to the dumpster instead. They were more than willing to help and even took a second to the dumpster as well. If we ever move again we will definitely be returning customers.
Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.Dynamic Moving Solutions, Inc.
Jayme G.
Amazing work. Fast. So incredibly easy to work with. Understanding and humble individuals. CHOSEN MOVERS made my move so much less stressful, they were a huge sigh of relief. They were overly accommodating and helped me at the very last minute. They moved quickly, professionally, and calmly. Even in the rain! They helped me get the moving truck back to the company as well. You ask if they can do something, they respond with no problem! I wish I could give them more than 5 stars. With my closing date changing at the last minute, I went to cancel because I had already rescheduled twice with this company. They very politely “ignored” my request to cancel and instead they made sure they could help me and they truly made every effort they could to show up. Kenneth is so easy to talk to and will work around your schedule. It was more like having a helpful friend instead of a moving company. I cannot express my gratitude enough for all that they did.
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